The former Atlanta Falcon decided to retire from the NFL less than 24 hours after the Baltimore announced his signing and left the Ravens’ coaching staff searching for more answers at a time when they’d otherwise be smoothing out their roster.
Coach Harbaugh on LB Paul Worrilow. pic.twitter.com/iKBhHZGhzk— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 24, 2019
You go to sleep thinking you’ve got another piece to your defense locked in. You wake up to the news that he’s decided to stop playing football altogether.
Or at least Worrilow is done playing for now.
According to NJ.com’s Mike Kaye — who covered Worrilow in Philadelphia last season — Worrilow’s change of heart stems from the fact that his wife is due with another child in September and he wanted to be with his family at this time.
Regarding Paul Worrilow, I was told he requested his release from the #Ravens so that he could be with his wife as they are expecting the birth of their third daughter in September.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) August 24, 2019
He plans to take the next few weeks to be with his family and then reevaluate his career.
It’s certainly an admirable reason to pause any career, let alone one as an athlete in a league that burns through players as quickly as the NFL does. Kaye says Worrilow wanted to play but that his priorities changed. That’s understandable.
Especially considering that the linebacker was forced to sit out all of last season in Philadelphia with a torn ACL. He rejoined the Eagles for camp this year but was let go without seeing any preseason action. That’s a long time away from getting into a game.
Worrilow wasn’t guaranteed to make the roster in Baltimore — though his 413 tackles, 11 deflections and four sacks in 72 career games surely gave him a leg up — but there was a need on the depth chart at inside linebacker as the team takes its time bringing Chris Board back from a concussion.
If nothing else, Worrilow’s time in Baltimore has given football fans a fantastic future trivia question.
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